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Best bars and restaurants with fireplaces

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 12/28/2012

When it's cold outside, these bars and restaurants allow you to warm up while dining or drinking.


Birreria Paradiso

Washington, DC

The handful of seats in front of the basement bar's gas fireplace can be hard to come by but are worth the wait, especially when you have a draft microbrew in hand.


Circle Bistro

Washington, DC

A warm color scheme in the snappy modern lounge goes well with the open gas fireplace. Visit during happy hour (5 to 7 p.m. weekdays) for discounted beer, wine and cocktails.


La Chaumiere

Washington, DC

In this transporting dining room, the rustic French fare is as comforting as the large central fireplace.


McGinty's Public House

Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring's Irish pub has a gas fireplace on its first floor alongside a large bar and a pair of dart lanes. Grab a pint of Guinness and relax.


Murphy's of Alexandria

Alexandria, VA

On a cold night, there are few places as welcoming as Murphy's. Grab a pint of Guinness or a mug of Irish coffee, settle down next to the stone fireplace and sing some traditional drinking songs with Irish musicians and a hearty crowd.


Old Brogue Irish Pub

Great Falls, VA

One of the friendliest neighborhood Irish pubs around, the Old Brogue's "snuggery" room boasts a log-burning fireplace. It's also far enough from the bar that conversation is easy.


The Ritz-Carlton - Georgetown

Washington, DC

During the winter, Georgetown's Ritz-Carlton hosts a s'mores happy hour every day from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Roast your own over the roaring wood-burning fireplace in the lobby while sipping a drink from the nearby Degrees Lounge. (Even if you can't make it for s'mores, this is a great place to relax after an evening of skating at the nearby Washington Harbour rink.)



Arlington, VA

The Ballston beer bar can be loud and crowded, but the best place to sip one of the 40 draft offerings is in a quiet table next to the gas fireplace.



Washington, DC

The wine bar's airy upstairs lounge has tall ceilings, comfy couches and a lively gas fire. Arrive early to snag one of the seats overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.


Tabard Inn

Washington, DC

On a winter evening, nothing in Washington can match the crackling fireplace and comfortable sofas in the Tabard's cozy lounge. The cocktails are great, and Sunday nights feature live jazz.


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